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Parliament opens amidst crises

King Harald V read what many called the most serious speech from the throne they'd ever heard during the formal annual opening of the Norwegian Parliament on Monday. Members of Parliament themselves, meanwhile, are also trying to recover from...

War overshadows upcoming Peace Prize

It's been a long time since the Norwegian Nobel Committee needed to choose a Peace Prize winner in the midst of war in Europe. Its members must announce a new Nobel Laureate on Friday however, and top candidates include...

Norway tightens Russian border control

Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl flew up to Northern Norway's border to Russia on Sunday to meet with local police and defense forces stationed in the area. The visit comes after the government announced stricter border control and that...

Gas leak and emissions ‘enormous’

Methane gas emissions were swirling over Scandinavia this week, after explosions on two Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea blew out a total of four holes in them. In addition to all the gas bubbling to the surface...

Defense forces sail out to oil fields

UPDATED: Norwegian naval vessels were sailing out to offshore oil and gas installations on Friday, and may be joined by NATO allies, after more reports of unidentified drones flying around the Ekofisk field. Since the installations are now considered...

Prime minister: ‘Sabotage suspicions have been strengthened’

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said at a press conference that "information we have received today strengthens further suspicions" that the gas leaks from Russia's Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea are the result of sabotage. Støre...

Norway’s pipelines now branded as a ‘prime target for sabotage’

Norway's offshore oil and gas installations and pipelines have suddenly emerged as "probably Europe's biggest sabotage goal," according to one of the country's leading military researchers. Both the government and various companies involved were scrambling on Wednesday to boost...

Teachers ordered back to work

Norway's labour minister, Marte Mjøs Persen, is from the Labour Party herself and usually honours workers' right to strike. On Tuesday evening, though, she ordered teachers nationwide to end a strike that's dragged on since June. "The two sides unfortunately...

Alarms ring around offshore security

UPDATED: Norwegian oil authorities and several top politicians called for heightened security around Norway's offshore oil and gas platforms and gas pipelines, and the government responded. The calls followed suspected sabotage of the Nord Steam pipelines in the Baltic...

‘No regrets’ for angering Iran

The president of the Norwegian Parliament, whose family came to Norway as refugees from Iran, has set off a diplomatic incident after publicly protesting the death of a 22-year-old Iranian woman while in police custody in Teheran. Iranian officials responded...

Government wraps up busy week at the UN by blasting Putin

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and several of his government colleagues just ended one of their most hectic weeks of the year, at the UN General Assembly in New York. It's been dubbed "the world's most important meeting place," and...

New charges filed in mass shooting during Pride celebrations

Police in Oslo announced on Friday that they've issued international arrest warrants for a Norwegian citizen in his 40s after linking him to a mass shooting in the Norwegian capital in late June. The shooting, which left two dead...

Coach defends Haaland and his fortunes

Never before has a Norwegian football player done so well, attracted so much attention or earned so much money so quickly as 22-year-old Erling Braut Haaland. Now the coach of Norway's national team has stepped in to defend Haaland...

Still lots of jobs as interest rates rise

Norway's central bank raised its policy rate once again on Thursday, in its latest attempt to control inflation. That's sparked some criticism that rising interest rates may hurt the job market, but other new numbers indicate an ongoing labour...

Norway must rely mostly on its allies

NEWS ANALYSIS: As the leader of Norway's neighbouring Russia shocked the world again, now with nuclear threats, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre readily concedes that his government must rely on the US and other NATO allies for any...

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